Mission and History

Our Mission

Our mission is to promote health, improve clinical practice and patient outcomes, optimize resource utilization, and inform public policy regarding organ failure and organ transplantation; we pursue this mission through high quality research, advances in biostatistics, and post-graduate education and training.

Our History

  • 1993 - UM-KECC is formed with the awarding of the United States Renal Data System contract to the University of Michigan.
  • 1993 thru 1998 - Phillip J. Held, Director, UM-KECC.
  • 1988 thru 1998 - UM-KECC completes 11 USRDS Annual Data Reports & 8 Special Studies.
  • 1998 thru 2005 - Robert Wolfe, Director, UM-KECC.
  • 1995 - UM-KECC develops and distributes the Dialysis Facility Reports (DFR) for all 3000+ U.S. dialysis facilities.
  • 2000 - Faculty from the Department of Health Management and Policy (HMP) began a collaboration with UM-KECC on a  CMS contract  to design a casemix adjusted prospective payment system for ESRD.  This work continued through development  of the bundle payment system (PPS).  The project is currently active with annual updates to the payment system.
  • 2005 thru 2011 - John Kalbfleisch, Director, UM-KECC.
  • 2006 - Dr. Rajiv Saran is awarded a CDC grant to develop surveillance methods for chronic kidney disease, collaborating with a similar grant to John Hopkins University. 
  • 2011 - UM-KECC relocates to offices in the University of Michigan School of Public Health.
  • 2011 thru 2016 - Yi Li, Director, UM-KECC.
  • 2011 - Legislation is enacted implementing a bundled PPS system for ESRD as part of Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA.)
  • 2012 - UM-KECC awarded a VA Center for Innovation contract to develop a Comprehensive National VA Kidney Disease Registry
  • 2013 - UM-KECC produces nearly 6000 Dialysis Facility Reports.
  • 2013 - UM-KECC wins 5-year, $17.6 million federal grant funded by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
  • 2014 - USRDS Contract returns to UM-KECC with a $10.3M award from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, at the National Institutes of Health.
  • 2015 - UM-KECC awarded the Evaluation of the Comprehensive End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Care (CEC) Initiative five year contract. 
  • 2016 thru present - Dr. Joseph Messana, Interim Director
  • 2016 - UM-KECC awarded the ESRD Data Utilization (Oversights) contract renewal. The contact has been renewed for five years.